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Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

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Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 22 in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Friday May 26

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Paul Wilkinson - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05pm. Retiring collection.
Mark Williams/Joel Byrne McCullough - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Ruth Lambert Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm, £7 (£6 in advance.)
Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - High Friars Lane (Tyneside Cinema), Free, al fresco, 8pm. food and drink available.
Chris James & Martin Fletcher - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Imelda May - Sage Gateshead. 7pm. £38.20/£27.30 VIP Option £104.
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Hokum Hotshots - National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL. 7:30pm. £27.50. Tel: 0191 515 5555. ‘Bourbon & Blues’ three course meal - booking essential.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Ushaw College, nr. Durham. 7:30pm. £7.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, February 05, 2016

GINA SOUTHGATE @ Newcastle Arts Centre - ‘Woman Paints Music’ February 4.

(Review by Steve H/Photo courtesy of Mike Tilley)
Jazz North East’s second ‘Women Making Music’ series, following from their marvellously successful 2015 inaugural series, got off to a flying start with a solo exhibition by Gina Southgate entitled ‘Woman Paints Music’.  Gina’s art features paintings of Jazz gigs which are painted in situ during live performances. The majority of paintings on display are of musicians from the ‘Free’ jazz scene many of whom I have had the privilege of seeing in Newcastle over the last few years such as Laura Jurd, Rachel Musson, Trio Riot, The Necks and The Cookers.
However, I did spot a painting of Gregory Porter for those who prefer the more traditional artiste. Gina did a project with Hawthorn primary school in Elswick in 2014 and there is a series of these paintings on display too. She paints with acrylics on board and canvas and creates wonderful vibrant images full of colour and movement really evoking the true feel of the music.
All permutations of bands from solo performers to full orchestras are represented. My own particular favourite was of trombonist Dennis Rollins and I also particularly admired the monochromatic style works on paper, although it is really unfair to single out any one work as the exhibition as a whole is a wonderful celebration of the merging of two great art forms - jazz and painting. Whatever you do this month, make sure it includes a trip to this inspiring and fantastic show.   
Steve.
Exhibition, February 5 -  March 5(Admission free).

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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